37 Guilt-Free Vegan Keto Recipes That Are Healthy For You and the Environment
The word “diet” comes from the Greek diaita which means “way of life.”
We can choose a diet to build healthier bodies and lose weight, or because of environmental concerns and the treatment of animals.
Vegan and keto are often considered total opposites — one is plant-based only and the other is heavily animal-sourced.
But can you go vegan and keto at the same time without giving up your ethics?
You bet you can.
Here are some of the most delicious vegan keto recipes for each day everyone can make.
28 Irresistible Vegan Keto Recipes
Vegan Sunflower Seed Tuna Salad
Going with lettuce or radicchio instead of wheat wraps is a total game-changer. Don’t believe me? Try this recipe and thank me later.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
It’s crumbled tofu that keeps this family recipe together. Ginger-flavored cauliflower rice and Mrs. Shiitake have already checked in.
Grilled Brussels Sprouts
Soft and rich when grilled, not even the T-Rex can say no to these brussels sprouts. A large bowl of green salad with avocado dressing fires up the keto element. Did I mention that this recipe has brussels sprouts? Yum.
Vegan Tofu Scramble
Stir up some tofu instead of eggs to make this climate-friendly breakfast of champions. If you add zucchini hash browns, you can serve this keto meal for dinner, too. Get the recipe here.
Vegan Greek Salad with Mushroom Souvlaki
Once I saw a guy being chased out of a Greek restaurant for ordering vegan souvlaki. The Old meat-loving Dimitri didn’t know what he was missing. For a full keto meal, coat the mushrooms in coconut flour.
Keto Overnight Oats
These low-carb vegan paleo bowls are what makes me rise and shine every day at 5 am. The recipe for my gluten-free version uses hemp hearts fortified with chia seeds, almond chunks, and raspberries.
They say the eggplant is the Louis XIV of keto veggies. For this recipe, dice then sauté the vegetable, season with red pepper, and this Old Country classic is done faster than you can spell r-a-t-a-t-o-u-i-l-l-e.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to whip up the recipe for this refreshing garden rocket salad. Have it for lunch, and for a dairy-free dish, ditch the parmesan for hemp seeds.
Chocolate Keto Protein Shake
Fighting climate change and empty calories isn’t easy. Kick up your power level for the next sustainable project with this keto-friendly chocolate shake spiked with almond butter.
Give your favorite guac recipe a kick with minced jalapeño and freshly chopped cilantro. For a cheat day, you can dip some gluten-free corn chips. Find the recipe here.
Almond Flour Keto Pancakes
Pursuing a healthy keto vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean you should give up your favorite dessert. Pro tip for this recipe: Press a few blueberries right after pouring the batter into the pan.
Citrus Keto Green Smoothie
Spinach and kale smoothie is the new bacon and eggs. Oh, wait. It’s not. It’s just much healthier and eco-friendly. It doesn’t get much greener than this recipe.
It has all of the bacon flavor, zero animal protein, and you can fry it crispy. This recipe is a win-win. Crack some keto diet tofu eggs on the side or use it for healthy vegan BLT.
Zucchini Noodles With Vegan Pesto
Zucchini noodles are the burpees of every plant-based keto diet, just hella more fun to do. Unsalted cashews and freshly ground pepper really bring up the flavor in this dish. Get the recipe here.
Cauliflower Keto Buddha Bowl
We all want a variety of ingredients, but without putting too much effort into the dish. Cauliflower, kale, avocado, broccoli, chilly, sesame oil… this recipe is good for dinner, great for the Earth. Did I mention it has avocado? Yum.
Grilled Asparagus Salad
Sparrow grass doesn’t get as much love as it deserves. When it comes to plant-based keto staples, this recipe for grilled asparagus with walnuts is hard to beat.
Keto-Friendly Celeriac Chips
When I’m on a ketogenic diet, french fries are off the menu. Celeriac chips taste just as good but make for a much healthier snack or side dish.
Chocolate Fat Bombs
Fat bombs are a cornerstone of keto vegan recipes. Luckily for us, these snack bombs are not charged with dairy and sugar. Have them for dessert and get ready for a blast of coconut oil, cocoa powder, and nut butter.
Portobello Mushroom Burger
Nothing converts a meat lover like a great-tasting grilled portobello mushroom burger. Tofu is an ideal protein source with a carb ratio of just 1/100.
Air Fryer Kale Chips
Toss these leafy greens into the air fryer and you’re in for a crunchy, crispy treat. Oh, wait! You forgot to add olive oil, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and dried dill and you’ve got yourself one tasty dish.
Keto Shortbread Cookies
Butter combines perfectly with the nutty almond flour of this dessert. Low-carb, vegan, paleo, grain-free? Yes please!
Instant Pot Cashew Yogurt
With only three ingredients, this delicious instant pot recipe is like riding a bicycle. Once you learn it, you can’t unlearn it.
Almond flour, flaxseed, and coconut oil are the heart and soul of this vegan keto diet marinara. The hard part— to go easy with toppings when you’re having this for dinner.
Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
Not all omega-3s are found in the ocean. Let’s give the fishes a break and adopt this delicious pudding as the first meal of the day.
Vegan Keto Bagels
Cut the carbs and eat these delicious bagels by platefuls. Serve this dish hot with a keto-friendly sweet spread. Learn the recipe here.
Cauliflower Steaks With Lemon Herb Sauce
Served with steamed wild rice, these seared cauliflower steaks are perfect for those occasions when you need to make dinner for two on Monday evenings. So grab that vegetable and get that meal going.
Vegan Coconut Curry
Reinvented with traditional flavors of scallions, coconut milk, and cilantro, this recipe is rich in healthy vegetables and hearty hunks of tofu.
No-Cook Avocado Hollandaise
A vegan variety of New York City’s favorite sauce. It has avocado, it’s keto, it’s animal-friendly, it’s sustainable, what else is there? Have it for lunch and get the recipe here.
As these delicious recipes show, following a low-carb keto plan is possible even if you’re a vegan.
The vegan keto diet has a basketful of benefits for us and the environment.
Keto recipes can make us healthier and stops animal suffering, but can also help fight soil degradation and climate change.
And who thought it could be so easy? One recipe at a time.
Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen’s readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.